Larry and I love to practice and, in fact, look for opportunities to be “Vessels of Love” in our daily life. It may be saying, “Good morning” and smiling at someone on our walk or giving someone a compliment. When we are awake and aware, there are millions of ways to be the presence of God to one another.
Every week we go dancing at a restaurant in Maui called “Mulligans on the Blue.” This Thursday, I witnessed something special when Larry and I were “Vessels of Love” to a young girl on the dance floor. We had already danced a couple of dances and were just sitting and enjoying listening to the jazz band. All of a sudden, this “young girl” appeared on the dance floor dancing all by herself.
All eyes in the room were riveted on her as she twirled around the whole dance floor, raising her arms gracefully. She had a beautiful smile on her face and she was so free and alive. She appeared to not care about what other people thought of her because she was doing what she loved and that was all that mattered. She didn’t have to do it perfectly or try to impress anyone.
Larry looked at me and said, “Do you think I should get up and dance with her?” I immediately said, “Yes.” I will never forget the look in her eyes and the beautiful smile on her face when he joined her on the dance floor. It was priceless watching a 6’ man dancing with this “little angel.” While they were dancing, her mother, Connie, came over to our table (with tears in her eyes) and said to me, “Thank you, it is her birthday today.” She shared that her daughter, Ann, has Down ’s syndrome. My heart was touched and now I had tears in my eyes.
When they finished, the whole room applauded, including members of the band. Why were we all so moved by this simple act of love? Could it be that we were all touched by Ann’s expression of innocence, freedom and love? When Larry came back down to sit down, the man at the next table reached over to him and said, “Well done, thank you for doing that.”
A little while later, Ann came over to me and asked me to dance. Of course, I said, “Yes” and jumped up to dance with her. What a joy it was dancing with her and having so much fun. While we were dancing, Larry went over to her parents table to talk to them. Her mother said, “Ann is 26 years old today (she looked about 12) and we just arrived in Maui today from Australia.”
When we finished dancing, Ann hugged me closely and looked up into my eyes with unconditional love and said, “Thank you.” I went to the band and told them it was her birthday and while they played, we all sang happy birthday to her. I am sure this will be a memorable birthday for her, as it was for us.
My heart was so touched that I had a hard time going to sleep that night and I knew I would be writing a blog about it. I wondered what God was trying to teach me? Dancing is my joy, but I don’t always have the freedom that Ann had. Perhaps my ego gets in the way sometimes because I want to “look good” not make a mistake and be the best.
Ann appeared to be “egoless” in that she didn’t care that she was dancing alone. She was just being herself and having fun. Is this the goal for all of us, to strive to be egoless, live in joy, be ourselves and have fun?
I have read that ego is “Edging God Out.” One of the things ego does is rob us of our peace, bliss and wholeness. We feel separate from others and there is duality. There is no right and wrong, better than or less than, just ego labeling our experiences.
A managed ego state (or egoless state) is free from emotional attachment and reaction from the judgment of others. When ego is attacked or hurt, it does what ego does: fights and hurts back for ego is not love, it is separation.
*What it would be like to be emotionally detached and not react to the judgment of others?
*What would it be like to not take things personally or judge yourself or others harshly?
*What would it be like to not have your way all the time and be flexible?
*What would it be like to acknowledge your mistakes and apologize?
*What would it be like to not have to prove your worth or impress others?
*What would it be like to just be yourself and have fun?
*What would it be like to live in the moment and not worry & live in fear about the future?
*What would it be like to not compare yourself with others?
I think we would experience heaven on earth if we were able to manage our ego and live from love instead of fear. I don’t always recognize when my ego is at work, (especially if I feel “better than or less than” someone else), but I am getting better. When I become conscious and recognize it, I have the opportunity to love, accept and appreciate myself and thank God for showing me the truth.
Thank you Ann for being you, for the truth, for the truth will set me free. I strive to live my life consciously and to live it to the fullest. I want to be detached emotionally from others’ judgments. What a gift it was to be a part of this experience, where the energy of unconditional love caused such happiness and joy for all of us who were present. We truly are all ONE and connected.
I danced and twirled around my kitchen singing, “I did it, I did it!” because I had just bought my plane ticket back to Maui for September 5, 2012. And the good news is that I had frequent flyer miles and had to pay only $30 for it! You might be thinking, “Wouldn’t it have been better to wait for your house to sell first?” That is what my rational mind thought too. It said “You better wait and make sure that you sell your house before you buy a plane ticket back. Don’t jump the gun.”
God had other plans for me and I obeyed! I bought my plane ticket back to Maui after I prayed and meditated about when to buy the ticket. In prayer, I heard the small, still voice of God say, “Do exactly what you did to co-create your 6-month trip to Maui.” I knew exactly what that meant and if it worked then, it would surely work again.
When I returned home from Maui last September, I knew that I was being led to go back to Maui for 6 more months, which I did last January. I bought my plane ticket to return back to Maui last winter and that was before I had rented my condo and before I even had a place to live in Maui for 6 months. I just trusted my divine guidance and my daily affirmation was, “Thank you God for the right and perfect person to rent my condo and thank you God for the right and perfect place to live in Maui.” Only ONE person looked at my condo and rented it. Then, when I arrived in Maui on January 17, my beautiful condo on the ocean was waiting for me to rent. Today I know that I only need ONE person to buy my house and that it is already done in the mind of God.
In 12-step programs, they say “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” I have personally experienced this in my own life, and many times I have had to change my behaviors if I wanted a different result. In the case of going back to Maui to live, I am doing the same thing and expecting the same results. I realize it may not happen the same way or look the same way, because HOW all this manifests is up to God. I know and trust that God has the perfect plan and the perfect timing for my house to sell. If I want to stay peaceful, I have to not be attached to the outcome and how I think it should look because I know that “I want what I want when I want it.” I have to let go of my control and trust God’s perfect plan. Sometimes I manifest quickly and sometimes I have to wait. I have been thanking God for my soul mate for several years. I will not give up and trust in the perfect and right timing.
Here are the steps I took to create my good and my ability to live in Maui:
1. I became clear about what I wanted (writing it down is good).
2. I asked God/Universe for what I wanted.
3. I opened my heart to receive what I wanted.
4. I let go of false beliefs that could be blocking my good (such as not feeling good enough or deserving of all this good).
5. I visualized the end result and felt like it had already happened.
6. I affirmed daily “Thank you God for the perfect and right buyer and the right and perfect place to live when I return to Maui.
7. I let go and let God, by not being attached to the outcome.
“Acting as if” is another technique I use to attract good into my life. It can be used anywhere, at any time, by anyone, to do anything that he or she really wants to do. It can be used to change one’s attitudes and personality, for behaving and “acting as if” a desirable characteristic is already present stimulates its manifestation. For example, if I am going into a new situation and feeling some fear, I act as if I am confident and self-assured. I walk with my head up high and stand tall.
Why does “acting as if” work? Psychologists would tell us that it works because it enlists the aid of the subconscious mind, which releases stored-up information and stimulates necessary psychological and physiological processes. When we feel a desire to do or be something we have not done or been before, we are responding to a divine idea pushing toward manifestation.
I am “acting as if” my house is already sold by cleaning out draws, letting go of things I no longer use and selling things on Craig’s list. I see in my mind’s eyes SOLD on the sign in front of my house and I see myself moving out and the house is empty. I imagine myself singing an old song from my past, “Just like you promised you’d come.”
Today my heart rejoices that through God’s grace, I have the courage and strength to follow my heart and God’s invitation to return to Maui to live. How easily it would have been for me to say “It’s too expensive to live there and I could never afford it.” I ask myself, “How often have I blocked the flow of good that is mine because of my fear and negativity.” It took me 7 years to write my book because of fear and not believing in myself, so I know first-hand what it is like to be paralyzed with fear and to stay STUCK.
But the good news is that I am no longer paralyzed with fear. I became willing to do the inner work and whatever I had to do to transform the fear and live in love. When I choose to embrace the power of love, I banish fear. Peace cannot coexist with fear. Peace is present when there is confidence in the power of love. For 6 months while I was in Maui, I opened my heart on a daily basis to receive God’s unconditional love. My daily intention that I pray as soon as I get out of bed is “My intention is to be peaceful, to love and to serve.”
How often have you blocked God’s infinite good coming into your life because of old messages of lack and scarcity and not believing in yourself? What keeps you from following your heart’s desires? My motto is, “I have only one life to live and I want to live it to the fullest, doing what I love to do, being with people I love to be with, and serving and loving God to the best of my ability.”
We are not promised tomorrow, all we have is today to live it in Love and to have FUN! I am filled with gratitude that I am sharing this powerful journey with all of you so you will be inspired to follow your heart and step out in faith as I have. It really works, try it you might like it!
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